Broadcom Corp announced the industry's most integrated Wi-Fi router processor, enabling manufacturers to build networking products that address the performance, cost and security needs of small businesses and enterprise branch offices. The Broadcom AirForce BCM5350 with Sentry5 technology combines high-performance 54g wireless LAN routing, Fast Ethernet switching, accelerated virtual private network (VPN) security, and a MIPS instruction set processor into a single system-on-a-chip (SoC). This high level of integration eliminates the need for multiple components while delivering the performance and security previously available from devices at up to twice the cost. Broadcom Corp, Irvine, CA 92618, USA.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.